Chocolate Blood Orange-tini

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Cocktail History

The Chocolate Blood Orange-tini is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail that was created as a variation of the Chocolate Orange-tini included in Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter, a recipe book written by Jassy Davis. Our version ups the tart citrus flavor by using a blood orange gin as its base and mixes it with cream and chocolate to create a recipe similar to that chocolate orange candy that is popular around the holidays.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Blood Orange Gin: This is a spirit made with blood oranges, juniper berries, botanicals, and alcohol. We used Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin because it has a bright and zesty flavor with notes of tart blood orange. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Orange Sec in place of the gin.

Triple Sec: This is a liqueur made with bitter oranges, lemons, sugar, and alcohol. We used Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality orange liqueurs on the market. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Orange Sec Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the orange liqueur.

Heavy Cream: This is a thick, high-fat milk product. We used half & half instead of heavy cream because it’s lower in calories. For a dairy-free version of this drink, try Silk Dairy-Free Heavy Whipping Cream Alternative in place of the cream.

Dark Crème De Cacao: This is a liqueur made with dark chocolate, spices, sugar, and alcohol. We used DeKuyper Crème De Cacao Dark Liqueur because it’s flavorful and affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Premium Dark Chocolate Syrup in place of the dark chocolate liqueur.

White Crème De Cacao: This is a liqueur made with white chocolate, vanilla, sugar, and alcohol. We used DeKuyper Crème De Cacao White because it has a delightful white chocolate flavor and is affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Premium White Chocolate Syrup in place of the white chocolate liqueur.

Chocolate Bitters: This is a food product made with chocolate, botanicals, herbs, and alcohol. We used Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Grated Dark Chocolate: This is candy made with cocoa, sugar, and milk. We used a Divine Dark Chocolate Bar.

Orange Twist: This is the peel of an orange that has been twisted into a corkscrew shape.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Boston Shaker: This is used to shake ingredients. We used the Boston shaker from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Hawthorne Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is shaken. We used the A Bar Above Hawthorne Strainer.

Grater: This is used to grate spices or citrus peel. We used the OXO Good Grips Grater.

Peeler: This is used to remove the garnish peel from the citrus. We used the OXO Good Grips 2-Piece Peeler Set.

Tasting Notes

The Chocolate Blood Orange-tini features chocolate aromas and a dark, slightly bitter cacao flavor in the beginning that is followed by a sweet cream taste married with strong, sweet orange and chocolate notes with an explosion of bright orange flavor and an extra hint of bitterness on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both loved this holiday version of chocolate oranges, although Alex couldn’t drink more than half of one because it’s such a heavy dessert drink. It’s a great pick for the holidays when you want something other than a fruity cocktail or eggnog.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This cocktail highlights the feeling of a boozy chocolate orange like no other by combining the sweet aspects of cream, chocolate, and orange all in one delicious swallow. While a ‘martini’ in spirit only, this recipe packs a decent amount of alcohol into a great dessert drink package that lovers of both dessert and boozy drinks will like equally. The tiny hit of bitterness on the end really sells it for me, giving it that ‘serious drink’ flair that many chocolate recipes lack.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“It wasn’t until I met Alex that I was introduced to the wonder of chocolate oranges because I didn’t grow up munching on them at the holidays. If you want a drink version of this beloved holiday candy, you have found it. This martini is honestly incredibly delicious and balanced; there’s not too much chocolate or orange flavor, and its booziness makes it even better. I personally still prefer hot cocoa cocktails at Christmastime, but I did really appreciate this one.”

Recipe

AuthorSips From Scripts

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 ½ oz Blood Orange Gin
 1 oz Triple Sec
 1 oz Heavy Cream
 ¾ oz Dark Crème de Cacao
 ¾ oz White Crème de Cacao
 2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
 ¼ oz 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate
 1 Orange Twist

Method
1

Coarsely grate chocolate onto a plate, coat outer rim of martini glass with simple syrup, and roll glass in grated chocolate until coated.

2

Add blood orange gin, triple sec, heavy cream, dark crème de cacao, white crème de cacao, cocoa bitters, and cubed ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into chocolate-rimmed martini glass.

5

Garnish with orange twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 ½ oz Blood Orange Gin
 1 oz Triple Sec
 1 oz Heavy Cream
 ¾ oz Dark Crème de Cacao
 ¾ oz White Crème de Cacao
 2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
 ¼ oz 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate
 1 Orange Twist

Directions

Method
1

Coarsely grate chocolate onto a plate, coat outer rim of martini glass with simple syrup, and roll glass in grated chocolate until coated.

2

Add blood orange gin, triple sec, heavy cream, dark crème de cacao, white crème de cacao, cocoa bitters, and cubed ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into chocolate-rimmed martini glass.

5

Garnish with orange twist.

Chocolate Blood Orange-tini

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Orange Sec in place of the gin, Lyre’s Orange Sec Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the orange liqueur, Monin Premium Dark Chocolate Syrup in place of the dark chocolate liqueur, and Monin Premium White Chocolate Syrup in place of the white chocolate liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Christmas Cocktails

If you like this Christmas cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Candy Cane Martini Cocktail Recipe

Candy Cane Martini: A vodka cocktail made with white crème de cacao, white crème de menthe, simple syrup, and crushed candy cane

Winter Berry Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

Winter Berry Gin Fizz: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, cranberry syrup, raspberry liqueur, soda water, cranberries, and rosemary

Kohler Mint Cocoa Cocktail Recipe

Kohler Mint Cocoa: A chocolate mint brandy cocktail made with milk, white peppermint schnapps, dark crème de cacao, cocoa powder, whipped cream, and grated chocolate

Cranberry Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

Cranberry Cobbler: A sherry cocktail made with cranberry syrup, orange slices, an orange wedge, mint, and cranberries

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